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ARTH 480: Race and European Art

Researching a work of art

What information do you have about the artwork?  Use these as keywords to search for more information about the piece.

  • Title
  • Artist
  • Date or approximate date
  • Medium
  • Origin

If you know where the work of art is located, check the institution's website to see if they have more detailed information about the piece.


Researching an artist

The following databases are good places to search for information on your artist.

Unknown artist or work or art

If you don't know the artist of your work of art you can research characteristics of the work to provide context for the artwork and find similar examples.

  • Where was it created?
  • When was it made?
  • What style is it?  How can you tell?
  • What materials were used?
  • What are some similar works?